Bengali – Aims of the course

Studying Bengali at Plashet allows students to become confident in understanding the spoken language and taking part in the sort of conversations you might have when you go to a Bengali speaking country or meet a Bengali speaker in this country.

Bengali is the official language of the states of West Bengal (Bangladesh) and a state language in India (West Bengal). Throughout the course, students will find out more about the culture and countries of Bengali speaking people, through music, film and literature.

Within the different topics studied, students will focus on developing their listening, speaking writing and reading skills. They will become confident in giving and justifying their own opinions whilst developing an understanding of grammar and key structures.

Exam board and Syllabus: AQA GCSE Bengali (8638)

The topics taught at KS3 and KS4 are based on Identity and culture; Local, national, international and global areas of interests; Current and future study and employment. Students will learn how to talk about themselves, their family, their interests, school life and future plans etc. as well as wider issues affecting young people such as the environment and other problems society faces. Through these topics, students will acquire a wide vocabulary and develop a solid understanding of French grammar.

Students will be expected to participate actively in lessons, whether working as a whole class, in pairs, groups or by themselves. They will be encouraged to deepen their own learning using a range of reference materials and on line resources.

Our KS3 course aims to provide a strong foundation for students to build on at KS4. Throughout both keys stages, students continually develop and practise the key skills. Regular internal assessments reflect actual GCSE questions and feedback from teachers guides students in how to make further progress.

How students are assessed at the end of the course

The Bengali GCSE consists of 4 exams taken at the end of Year 11:

• Listening (25%)
• Speaking (25%)
• Reading (25%)
• Writing (25%)

Home study

Home study is set each week to consolidate students’ knowledge and understanding of what has been covered in class. Home study includes vocabulary learning, grammar and writing practice and preparation for speaking tasks. Students can also access additional support and practice questions on Google Classroom.

Enrichment opportunities

There are a number of activities students can involve themselves with to enhance their experiences and learning with Bengali. For example, SOAS have an initiative whereby students can take part in projects, such as learning to read the news in Bengali. Alternatively, there are cultural and historical sites within the East End of London whereby students can explore and celebrate Bangladeshi history, whilst the school run Bengali clubs during lunchtimes for students to practice and perfect their Bengali skills.

Learning essentials

A Bengali/English bilingual dictionary is useful for students.

Contact Information

Please contact the school on info@plashet.newham.sch.uk for further information.

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